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On Alake of Egba’s plans for 80th Birthday

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In Yoruba land; one of the few monarchs well loved and respected by all sundry is Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo the Alake of Egba Land. Some claimed his affable nature and his deep-rooted knowledge of the customs, culture and tradition of Yoruba people and of Egba land seems to be one of the reasons he is revered. Some claimed his lifestyle as one King who does not associate himself with pettiness and also not economical with the truth. Many see him as an epitome of royalty for his fearlessness and uncommon tenacity.

 

Since his ascension to the throne of his forebears in 2005, he has ensured that development ensued in his immediate environment using his goodwill and clout to ensure a major transformation project is facilitated in his kingdom. Apart from this he has thrown his door open to everyone and also proffers solutions to problems within his capacity and has also been a father to all. Today, the former Military officer has constantly called for the unity of Nigeria and also preached peace at every opportunity.

Alake loves to be celebrated all the time. Yes, for a Monarch of his magnitude who is selfless, he also deserves to be celebrated to the high heavens so more reason he does not joke with his birthday. As the monarch will celebrate his 80th birthday on the 14th of September, joining the leagues of Octogenarians, Sons and daughters of Egba land have started to celebrate his Imperial Majesty who originally would have travelled for his annual holiday abroad.

 In celebration of His birthday, not less than 3000 people will benefit from free medical care, including eye surgeries, as part of the one-week programme lined up to celebrate the paramount ruler. A source disclosed that; celebrations would kick off on Friday, 8th of September, with conferment of chieftaincy titles on distinguished sons and daughters of Egbaland; followed by the provision of free medical services for two days.

“On the 14th of September, there would be an interdenominational service at the Cathedral Church of St Peters, Ake, Abeokuta; after which a grand reception and book launch would be held in honour of the paramount ruler. Oba Gbadebo would then draw the curtain on the historical celebration by laying the foundation for the new Abeokuta City Hall, a project that is being done in preparation for the celebration of 200 years of Abeokuta’s existence in 2030.” A source added.

 

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Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo: Simplifying Public Service With Quality Delivery

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By: Oladapo Sofowora

Like the proverbial Swizz knife; Hon. Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo is by default a versatile and proactive member of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration because of his incredible approach to work and his burning passion for results even at the tightest corner. Representing the youth demography; Olubunmi cut his teeth first as a public servant representing Akoko North East/ North West Federal Constituency at the hallowed green chambers at the 9th assembly that’s where as a first-term Representative member, he displayed the stuff he was made off as chairman of first term lawmakers who galvanized support for the speakership election of former speaker Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila in 2019.

Like the proverbial goldfish that has no hiding place in the water; his distinctiveness and magic wand were easy to spot by the leadership of the house who bestowed on him the House committee chairman on Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC. As Chairman; BTO led several campaign against misappropriation within the NDDC. He knows the legislative business like the back of his hand. Anytime he shows an intention to speak on the floor of the house; he speaks sense and everyone is willing to tap from his repertoire of knowledge. Despite being young; he wears intelligence like a badge of honour. Anytime he is addressing the parliament, you should be sure it’s proffering pragmatic solutions to issues of National interest. While as a member of the house, he sponsored several bills deviating from his colleagues who were at the green hallowed chamber to ‘Siddon Look’.

The Ondo-born lawmaker and minister for interior played his part actively and showed the world that he is indeed not to be shoved aside with the wave of a hand. When the current administration came into power; BTO was nominated and during his screening on the Senate floor he didn’t waste time to emphasize how he intends to contribute his quota to the growth of the country. He never failed to dazzle as he answered questions convincingly. When many are told to take a bow and go; BTO remained fierce with the truth, by systematically and synchronously laying down his point with workable plans on how to use his lofty ideas to move the country forward. Again he shined like a glittering star that he is.

When the appointment was announced and he was allocated the newly created ministry of Marine and Blue economy; Bunmi didn’t waste any time as he immediately swerved into action by engaging stakeholders and holding a series of meetings on how to make a loud impact in the nation money money-spinning economy sector. He was proactive and robust with his idea of repositioning the nation’s water asset and how it will increase the IGR monthly to surpass the imagination of all sundry. In the prerogative of Mr President; before their swearing-in, he was redeployed to the Ministry of Interior and that was regarded as one of the biggest moves in the renewed Hope administration. This was tagged one of the biggest calculative chess moves by the administration putting a fitting peg in the right hole.

Like the Boy Scout slogan which says; ‘Be Prepared’ BTO in his usual element didn’t wait for the whistle before he hit the ground running. From the first day of his wearing in; he read the riot act to all the agencies under him and stated that he was ready to work and one of his goals is to leave a lasting legacy and also do what is right to the glory of Nigeria. Immediately after that, he didn’t waste any time meeting with staff and familiarising himself with them and also visited several agencies to do an on-the-spot assessment and how he can further bring more efficiency in discharging their duties.

While receiving all necessary briefs; BTO acknowledged his predecessor and all the work and template he left behind and not only built on it; he also added his twerk putting more firepower and also infusing dedication. All these provided a pathway to him being the ‘StarBoy Minister’ of this administration. BTO have said that success in public service is not rocket science but only takes dedication and the ability to bring prosperity out of every misfortune and that is what has stood him out and put him in the cynosure of all eyes.

Like the speed of light, the interior ministry became a leading light with solutions created to clear backlogs of over 250,000 passports he inherited in three weeks under the Nigerian Immigration Service. To ensure effectiveness in job delivery, he commissioned thirty (30) operational vehicles dedicated to the surveillance and patrol of Nigeria’s border. While many pondered what must have caused the delay of such a passport; BTO tacked the root cause putting strategies in place leveraging technology advancement to make it easier. For the very first time; passport papers were more than sufficient. He didn’t stop at that in a bid to sanitize the system of corrupt heads who are known to milk and beat the system to their advantage; he reduced human contact when applying for a passport which has cut short middlemen who love to extort Nigerians. He is also working vehemently to localize passport production.

This also gave an easy modality for passport application without help from a third party which has been tagged seamless and hassle-free. In other to make Nigerians in the diaspora regain their confidence in their country, he Unveiled Enhanced e-passport Facilities in Nigerian embassies across Europe and also moved abroad to tackle the issues of passport shortage by putting in place channels of easy registration, capture and collection. This led to restored confidence when many were getting their newly minted passport at their doorstep. This further gathered accolades from many corners as many more people rejig their faith in the process of rebranding Nigeria’s shattered image. BTO became a household name within a few months.

While he got a commendation from Mr President for his outstanding blistering performance on delivery of his KPI he didn’t let that into his head rather he went back to the fearing board to tackle the issues of the queue at the immigration points by installing electronic biometric gates for immigration clearance in all Nigeria’s international airports when Nigerian passengers entering and exiting Nigeria. While many said it would take a long while to achieve such a humongous project BTO made it look like a piece of cake as he showed his colleagues that he is serious about making a difference.

He quickly acquired the technology instrument needed and ordered its installation at the international airports. Mock trials were done and it was certified OK for public use. With his innovative ideas, Nigeria is fast becoming a developing country that is embracing technology to its advantage. The Minister also disclosed that similar facilities will be installed in other international airports including Lagos, Kano, Enugu, and Port Harcourt airports. With also partner with another sister ministry to ensure we witness the much-needed change we crave for as Nigerian.

While it’s important to note his quest to guard national assets against vandals and economic saboteurs, the Minister is holding a presentation and demonstration session on a proposed 24-hour surveillance security technology project designed to monitor activities around critical national assets to curb vandals and saboteurs. To promote medical tourism and other means to attract foreign direct investment FDI to Nigeria easing visa restrictions for people who intend to do business in Nigeria and also benefit from our booking medical tourism in Nigeria He reviewed the visa application process, particularly for short-stay visitors such as entertainers, sports athletes, and tourists among others.

Not leaving all stone unrolled BTO also ensured our correctional centers were well decongested. He also worked to secure the release of over 4,000 inmates from correctional facilities nationwide. This has helped people with minor sentences regain their freedom in a bid to bring more sanity to correctional centres across the country. In a bid to curb the constant jailbreak; he ordered more security tightening around the Centres to curb the constant jailbreak we have witnessed in the past. Despite all the measures put in place to curb jailbreaks; the Suleja Correctional facility was damaged recently by the wind which caused many inmates to escape but with the help of forensic documentation, the correctional centres have been able to apprehend some substantial amount of those who escaped while a search is still ongoing. This has also galvanized the need to ensure more safety and reconstruction of all correctional facilities to avert such disasters from happening.

In a bid to foster a more healthy civil service, BTO also approved the promotion of over 32,000 personnel of the agencies under the ministry which has ensured a substantial amount of staff climb the ladder in the civil service. While he has done many more things within a short while, many are still wondering what he has in plan for the country but for BTO; he said he is yet to unveil his best and he will keep working around for clock to restore the confidence Nigerians have lost in the country.

In appreciation for a job well done; he has bagged several Laurel as he was named Leadership Newspaper ‘Public Service of the Year’ 2023, New Telegraph ‘Minister of the Year’ 2023 and also Vanguard Newspaper will this month bestow him with ‘Vanguard Personality of the Year’ 2023; among many more Laurel. While Dr Olubunmi is living up to the hype; he has said he will not let down all those who believe in him as he will continue to do things that will place the country on a high pedestal with #TheBTOEffect

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NEXIM Bank top Shot, Hon. Stella Okotete Plans Big for 40th

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 If Stella Erhuvwuoghene Okotete’s success story is well scribbled’ it will make a best-selling play if well adapted and also cast with an A-list actor to bring the characterization to life. Because it teaches determination, tenacity and hard work. Thriving in a male-dominated world is more reason for her to remain solid and firm thereby staying ahead of her game to become a force to reckon with thereby grounding the clichéd woven around women who limit their ability to soar higher. With her numerous degrees and current status as an Executive Director (Business Development) at Nigeria Export-Import Bank NEXIM, she kick-started her political sojourn with the All Progressives Congress, the first elected Councilor in Ughelli-North Local Government Area of Delta State from 2008 – 2011. When her name was penned down as a minister-designate but was not cleared by the Department of State Security Service for onward screening by the senate; Okotete quickly moved on by remaining focused and refused to hold grudges against anyone or blame anyone.

 Rather, she has continued to learn and contribute her quota to the country’s development in her capacity as a top echelon at NEXIM bank. Despite naysayers trying hard to discredit her and also cast aspersions on her she has remained unperturbed by using her weight to enhance technological empowerment for women through training for businesses to engage in the Exportation of goods and services to earn forex.

On the 20th of April she will be celebrating her 40th birthday. We also gathered that due to the current situation of the country and the dwindling economy also as a public servant with human feelings instead of  the usual fanfare attached to birthdays celebrations like many of her peers would have done; She will kickstart the celebration with a modest way with a Night of Worship on Friday the 19th of April 2024 at the GT event Centre in Warri, Delta State.

On Saturday which is the day she would clock 40; she has opted to share her joy with the downtrodden and extending her hands of love to the needy where she will be reaching out through an empowerment scheme  at the Okotete Street in Ugheli; Delta State where she will be handing out palliatives and other items that will cushion the biting economy to the needy as a philanthropic gesture.

She will wrap the celebration up with a Church Thanksgiving service on Sunday the 21st of April at the Christ Missionary Crusaders in Ekpan Warri in celebration mode just to celebrate and appreciate her creator for availing her the gift of life on Mother Earth despite the turbulent time she witness while moving to the top.

Sources say; No fanfare celebration as she has only invited her close friends and relatives to church where she would thank God and dance like David danced in celebration mood.

Top government officials and political stakeholders will be in attendance to share in her pot full of joy. Okotete is quite excited as it marks the beginning of a new journey in her life and she is making it a grand celebration with thanks to her creator for putting her on a high pedestal early in life.

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Billionaire Businessman, Alhaji Nasiru Danu Gets Another Traditional Title

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Alhaji Nasiru Halandu Danu is a man of high repute and unblemished integrity. He is a man whose words are his bond more reason he has been a delight of the ruling class and also thrived excellently well in business. Today he has not only made headway politically he is also respected for his ability to maintain and sustain friendship which has kept him going for years. Danu is a man who believes in his conviction and anyone he believes in he stands with regardless of how turbulent the situation might be. More reason he was one of Former President Buhari’s trusted allies and son with whom they both share a filial relationship.

 

As a politician born in Jigawa State, he also worked assiduously well for the present administration as he played an active role in the presidential campaign as a member of the campaign council. For this reason among others especially his philanthropic gestures were part of the reason former President Muhammadu Buhari honoured him with a national Honour as an Order of the Federal Republic O.F.R.

The chairman of Lubrik Construction during the Ramadan fasting partook in Zakat which is part of the core pillars of Islam. He donated heavily to the needy by feeding many during the fasting period. He donated palliatives and also fed multitudes in his bid to cushion the effect of the biting economy. In reward for bringing succour to his people over the years and as the Dan Amana Dutse Emirate, His Highness Muhammad Hamim Nuhu Sanusi CFR Sarkin Dutse has found him worthy by approving his upgrade from Dan Amana Dutse Emirate to Sardauan Dutse. The turbaning ceremony will take place at the palace on Thursday the 18th of April 2024 at the Dutse Jigawa State Capital.

 

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